by Jen McConnel
Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.
While I have heard of Cupid and Psyche, I wasn't really familiar with their myth so I went into Beautiful Curse with no preconceived notions or expectations. I was really just looking for a mysterious young adult fantasy, and that's exactly what I got.
Mya is starting her junior year in high school when she is suddenly transformed into someone who's supermodel beautiful. The girls hate her, the boys love her, and her life is miserable. She's then introduced to Mr. Merk, who whisks her off to a beautiful castle in the mountains.
The master of the house, Ross, is just a mysterious as the rest of it, yet she quickly finds herself falling in love with him. Ross loves Mya, because she's beautiful inside as well as outside and does everything he can to make her happy... Except let her see him.
If you're familiar with the story of Cupid and Psyche I'm sure you know what happens next, but I really had no clue what to expect and I can't say too much without spoilers, so I'll just say this... Hearts are broken, sacrifices are made, and in the end, love is all that matters.
While there were some questions that are left unanswered, I really enjoyed Beautiful Curse and would definitely read future books by Jen McConnel.
She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.
Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Beautiful Curse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.